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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 29, 2010 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

Hmmm... trying hard to understand or feel your predicament even though I can't really share it. For me, there's a lot to like about 1977. I'll try to put some of what might 'set your jaw on edge' about 1977:

1.) They were really polished and confident, knew how to hit their marks, so to speak. Some of the rawness and loose feeling is gone, and with it the feeling of being "on the edge" - it's not as dangerous anymore. 2.) Keith and Donna seem a little more prominent sometimes, and Keith's playing is getting more repetitive, and less interesting as time goes by. 3.) This relates to #1 - some of the tempos have gone way slow on old standby songs - FOTD, St. Stephen, TLEO etc are slowed to about 2/3 their initial tempo, many other songs as well. Not as exciting. 4.) and those cowboy tunes are showing their age - somehow El Paso and MAMU don't fit in nearly as well.

Dunno - do any of those hit near the mark?